Hawks Mill, Needham Market now converted into flats
Needham Market shown within Suffolk
|Population||4,528 (2011 Census)|
|OS grid reference|
|Sovereign state||United Kingdom|
|Ambulance||East of England|
|EU Parliament||East of England|
|UK Parliament||Bury St Edmunds|
It initially grew around the wool combing industry, until the onset of the plague, which swept the town from 1663 to 1665. To prevent the spread of the disease, the town was chained at either end, which succeeded in its task but at the cost of two-thirds of the populace. The town did not recover for nearly two hundred years, with the canalisation of the River Gipping in the late 18th Century and the introduction of the railway. Modern Needham Market contains two road names that are linked to the plague. Chainhouse Road, named after the chains that ran across the East end of the town. The Causeway, is a modern variation of 'the corpseway' so called because of the route that plague victims were transported out of town, to neighbouring Barking church for interment.
The village contains many businesses; a post office and stationers, hairdressers, Bretts Bakery, Smiths Butchers, Pauls Hardware shop and many more.
Notable Buildings in the town include:
- The 15th century parish church, the church of St. John the Baptist, originally a chapel of ease for the parish of Barking (with a unique double-hammerbeam roof). - Which is currently searching for funding for its utterly unique wooden beamed roof.
- The mediaeval Limes Hotel
- The Stuart era school.
- Hawks Mill
Sport and leisure
Needham Lake (a former gravel pit) provides leisure facilities and a wildlife habitat.
The East Anglia Main Line railway runs through the town, with Needham Market railway station providing trains to Ipswich and Cambridge. The A14 (although then the A45) once ran directly through Needham Market, but a bypass was built in the 1970s. This has left the town with good road links to the surrounding area, but with less traffic than before.
Notable people from Needham include:
- Joseph Priestley who discovered oxygen
- June Brown actress from EastEnders
- George Ewart Evans famous author who lived here
- Ros Scott The Liberal Democrat peer, a former district and county councillor for the town, chose it for her title.
- "Town Population 2011". Neighbourhood Statistics. Office for National Statistics. Retrieved 25 August 2016.
- Rosenberg, Chaim M.; The Needham Historical Society (2012). Knitters of Needham. Arcadia. p. 17. ISBN 9780738591094.
- "Club History - Needham Market Football Club". Needhammarketfc.co.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
- "Needham Lake". Mid Suffolk District Council. Retrieved 4 January 2013.
- "Baroness Scott of Needham Market | People". Libdems.org.uk. Retrieved 2012-08-08.
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